With Google I/O right around the corner, Google Cloud Platform is launching two innovations that will change the way developers use cloud resources and how they interact with their customers around the world. We are excited to announce both of these products today: HTTP Load Balancing and SSD-based Persistent Disk. Both products are examples of what Google Cloud Platform does best: performance and versatility on a global scale, with simple and competitive pricing.

HTTP Load Balancing
HTTP Load Balancing changes the game for how developers interact with network resources. HTTP load balancing can easily scale to support more than 1 million requests per second with no “warm up.” It also supports content-based routing and allows you to capture the benefits of Google’s global network infrastructure. More importantly, and for the first time, users can take advantage of load balancing across different regions -- balancing traffic among compute resources that are located in different data centres in different parts of the world. This creates a truly global service offering and lets our customers optimize their compute resources and reduce latency on a global scale. Google HTTP Load Balancing does this through a single external IP address, which also adds simplicity to network operations.

SSD Persistent Disk
With Persistent Disk, more and more of our customers have been asking for a solution to high IOPS use cases - and one that doesn’t break the bank. Our SSD persistent disk product sets a new bar for scalability and performance in Block Storage. Priced at flat $0.325 monthly cost per GB, SSD persistent disk supports up to 30 IOPS per GB. And while other providers count each and every IOPS and charge extra for them, SSD persistent disk includes IOPS in the base price with no extra charges or fees, making cost completely predictable and easy to model.

Both HTTP Load Balancing and SSD persistent disk are now in limited preview. Read more about SSD persistent disk or sign up for the Limited Preview, and do the same for HTTP load balancing.

-Posted by Tom Kershaw, Product Management Lead